Friends of the Long Beach Public Library
The Friends provide materials, support summer reading programs, provide cultural and literary events for the community, and fund training for library staff.
Our Billie Jean King Main Library Bookstore is scheduled to open November 1. Hours will initially be 12-4 Tuesday – Saturday. Find us by turning left after entering the main doors.
We are looking for volunteers to serve a two-four hour shift once a week at our Billy Jean new bookstore. If you are interested, please email us at LB.LibraryFriends@gmail.com.
Donations of books, DVDs and CDs are always welcome.
Each year we receive thousands of donated books, DVDs and CDs which we then resell. Your donation is tax-deductible and helps to provide critical support to the Long Beach Public Libraries.
We are now accepting donations of your clean and gently used books and DVDs at the Main library circulation desk. Local branches will also accept donations, but if you have more than two boxes, please bring them to the BJK Main or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go towards new materials at the branches.
We accept the following gently used items:
- Media including: DVDs, CDs, audio books on CD, video games, LPs
- Current magazines and calendars
We do not accept:
- Moldy, wet, torn, yellowed or damaged books
- Out-of-date encyclopedias, textbooks, computer books (2009 and older)
- VHS tapes
- Library discards– other than Children’s, Young Adult, & Large Print
- All Books on Tape and Cassettes
- Newspapers and pamphlets
Why are we selective about free materials?
The time to go through donated materials to evaluate and process materials and the allocation of space for storage of items is considerable. Ask yourself before you donate – would you purchase that book or media at a used book store?
These projects are possible because of your donations. Anyone may donate – you do not have to be a member of the Friends. You may designate your donation to be split among projects. Friends are not required to donate; only to pay yearly membership dues.
Create a lasting memorial to a family member or friend. Memorial Books have special book plates bearing the name of the person memorialized and are listed in the Friends newsletter. For memorial books or materials, send a donation and include the name of the person memorialized, along with contact information for the family. We will inform them that you have made a donation and then consult with them about materials to purchase and to which library they’d like the materials sent.
Give a book to the library as a way of honoring someone, to mark a special occasion, or in appreciation of a particular kindness. Honor Books are selected by librarians, given special book plates with the name of the person honored, and then made available in libraries where they are most needed. Honor Books are also listed in the Friends newsletter. Honor Books may also be purchased on behalf of each "Super Friend", someone who contributes $100 or more in his/her membership.
For Honor Books, send a donation and include the name and contact information for the person honored. We will inform the honoree of your donation to the library.
Blanche Collins Forum
The Blanche Collins Forum was established in 1977 to celebrate the opening of the new Main Library and to honor Blanche Collins, the librarian who led a successful fight against censorship. Each year, the Blanche Collins Forum brings a speaker to the Main Library Auditorium.
Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel
The Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel is a committee of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library. Named in honor of Helen Fuller, Supervisor of Long Beach Public Library Children's Services for 40 years, the Carrousel provides book-related programs for children. The Dee Navari Storytelling Fund, administered by the Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel, was established to honor the memory of Despoina 'Dee' Navari, one of Long Beach's most influential Children's Librarians.
Barbara Egyud Memorial Scholarship & Kenneth F. Slaybaugh Scholarship
If you are a Long Beach Public Library employee or volunteer at any library location, you may be eligible for one of two $1,500 scholarships available this year! Help with college costs is available to high school seniors enrolled or accepted to a college, or continuing college students in any college. You must have worked or volunteered for the library for at least six months to qualify. You may apply for either the Barbara Egyud Memorial Scholarship or the Kenneth F. Slaybaugh Scholarship by printing the forms from the links and completing an application and eligibility verification form. Print applications are also available at each of our Neighborhood Libraries.
The scholarship application deadline is March 29, 2019. The Barbara Egyud Memorial Scholarship and the Kenneth F. Slaybaugh Scholarship will be awarded at the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library Annual Meeting in May 2019.
Donations are tax-deductible. The acknowledgment we send serves as a receipt for tax purposes. Thank you for your donation.
The Friends of the Long Beach Public Library
200 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802-4433
Join us! We're always looking for people to join the board, work on a special committee, volunteer in the bookstore, or help at special events.
To join, please print and complete the membership application and mail or return it to:
Friends of the Long Beach Public Library
200 W Broadway
Long Beach CA 90802-4433
You are invited to attend any of the Friends of the Library Board Meetings as an observer. There is a variety of opportunities to participate in the Friends’ activities - by serving as a member of the Board, assisting on a committee, helping with special events like parades or author events, working in our bookstore at the Main Library, or making use of your skills in other ways.
The Friends of the Library Board meets at 4:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
|September 12, 2019||Bach|
|October 10, 2019||Los Altos|
|November 14, 2019||El Dorado|
|December 12, 2019||Harte|
|January 9, 2020||Michelle Obama|
|February 13, 2020||Mark Twain|
|March 12, 2020||Bay Shore|
|April 9, 2020||Brewitt|
|May 14, 2020||Burnett|
|May 16, 2020||Annual Meeting and Literay Luncheon, Reef Restaurant|
|June 11, 202||TBD|
Most meetings are held at various libraries in the system, except for the annual luncheon meeting in late May and the June meeting, which is a Board potluck at a board member's home.
We do not hold meetings in July or August.
Elected Officers & Directors
elected to two-year, staggered terms
Presides over Board meetings; President or Treasurer signs checks; with Board approval, appoints all Committee Chairs; is ex-officio member of all committees except Nominating; may authorize disbursement of funds with ratification by Board. (Currently: Barbara Sosa)
Vice President - Membership
Performs duties of President during President's absence; is responsible for memberships and renewals and for maintaining membership roster. (Currently: Arlene Gale)
Vice President - Programs
Is in charge of special programs and the Annual Luncheon. (Currently: Lisa Moore)
Keeps minutes of all general meetings and all Board meetings; assists in such notifications as may be necessary, as requested by the President. (Currently: OPEN)
Has custody of all funds, except those of standing committees; maintains a book of accounts; prepares an annual budget to submit to the Board for approval; gives a financial report at each regular Board meeting; works with bookkeeper for accounts and taxes; Treasurer or President signs all checks, keeping a record of them. (Currently: Doris Soriano)
Sends informal correspondences as directed by the President or Treasurer. (Currently: Carol Collins)
Blanche Collins Forum
Using a special endowment fund, each year arranges to bring a speaker of renown to the community. (Currently: OPEN)
Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel *
Distributes money from a large endowment to children’s programs throughout the library system; manages the annual Essay Contest for children. (Currently: Ashleigh Ruhl)
Arranges for staffing and operations of the Book Store at Main Library. (Currently: Beverly Stunden)
Manages Constant Contact (email program) and keeps membership lists updated.
Maintains and collects historical record and documents concerning the Friends. (Currently: Juliet Ebner)
Arranges book purchases from special “honor” donations, and on behalf of Super Friends - membership at $100 level or higher. (Currently: Linda Bresnan)
Arranges social details for Friends special events. (Currently: Patricia Benoit)
Reports to the Board on legislative issues of concern to libraries, at the local, state and national level. (Currently: Carol Quinlan)
Arranges book purchases from special memorial donations. (Currently: Janet Jackson)
Produces and organizes the mailing of the newsletters that is mailed to all members. (Currently: Barbara McPherson)
Nomination Committee *
Committee of three, including at least one past president; elects its own chair; each year meets to nominate officers to fill positions that will be vacant. (Currently: Marie Treadwell)
Arranges for local Long Beach parades Friends’ participation. (Currently: OPEN)
Develops publicity for Friends special events, coordinates updates for the website and manages our Facebook page. (Currently: Co-chairs Sharon Abar and Caroline Martin)
Three or more, appointed by President with Board approval; serve the Board in a variety of capacities, as needed. (Currently: Elizabeth Andrew, Ellen Butler, Janeice McConnell, Diane Riska-Taylor)
Director of Library Services: Glenda Williams, Director.
Past Presidents of the Friends of the Library: Tamara Achauer, Elizabeth Andrew, Patricia Benoit, Margaret Durnin, Kathy DeSilva, Marilyn Larson, Jerry Loeb, Bernice Van Steenbergen, Marie Treadwell, and Jo Rae Zuckerman.
If interested in joining the Friends of the Library Board, please email us at email@example.com